Japan sends biggest warship to protect US supply vessel

The helicopter carrier Izumo is escorting a US supply vessel within Japanese waters.

The US ship is heading to refuel the naval fleet in the region, including the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group.

North Korea has threatened to sink the Carl Vinson and a US submarine, amid rising tensions in the region.

It also carried out a failed missile test on Sunday, despite repeated warnings from the US and others to stop its nuclear and missile activity.

Is Pokemon Go helping stop suicide at hotspot in Japan?

Tojinbo in Fukui prefecture is famous for its cliffs. Tall basalt columns rise dramatically out of the Japan Sea, drawing sightseers from around the region.

Sadly, it has also become notorious for another kind of visitor, often from further afield, drawn by its reputation as a suicide cluster site.

Fourteen people killed themselves there in 2016, and 12 the year before. But in the first months of this year, there have been no deaths at Tojinbo.

Sankei Tomitaro Hara’s garden of historic charm

This was the era when the Japanese society moved from being an isolated feudal society to its modern form.

Sankei Tomitaro Hara, the owner of the Sankeien garden built his fortune through the silk business. It took him 20 years from 1902 to construct the garden which covers an area of 175,000 square meters.

Seventeen old buildings of historic value are skilfully arranged that goes in harmony with the seasonal changes of the natural scenery.

Water purification plant advances in technology

In Japan, there are many water filtration plants but one that Loop PNG recently visited is the Kawai Purification plant located in Yokohama city.

Imagine drinking water that has been purified using ceramic membrane filtration system, a filtration system that is as thin as the strand of your hair.

That is basically water filtered through microfiltration filters to purify or treat water. 

That is the level of technology that is being used today at the Kawai Purification plant. It started off in 1901 using the slow sand filtration system.

Waste management; learning from Japan

In Japan, young children are taught in their early age to recycle things after use. They are also taught to sort out house hold waste which helps in waste management.

In Japan’s Yokohama city the residents work together to divide the recyclable resources from the combustible waste. They also have neighbourhood clean-up of the streets and station squares.

 But all that waste management began in 1955 when the city started regular waste collection. In 1970, the separation of oversized waste begun before cans, glass and plastic bottles were separated from waste.

Why not adopt flood reservoir idea?

Like Lae and other parts of the highlands region, the city of Yokohama, located south of Tokyo in the Kanagawa area, experiences a lot of rainfall and had drainage problems. However, that was addressed through multi-purpose reservoir storage areas.

Port Moresby does not have a river flowing in the city, but the roads turn into fast flowing rivers whenever it rains.

In Japan, the Tsurumi River runs through Toyko and has a river basin of 235 square kilometres that extends to Kanagawa and Yokohama city.

The key to disaster preparedness

Earthquakes can happen at any time. Typhoons, cyclones, floods and volcanic eruptions are among the many natural disasters that occur around us and there is a huge difference between being prepared and not being prepared when a natural disaster strikes.

Japan, like PNG, experiences earthquakes, floods from rain, cyclones and volcanic eruptions but it has changed its awareness of disaster preparedness and is targeting children with disaster education.

Fun trip to the cup noodle factory!

In PNG, Indomie's Pop Mie from neighbouring Indonesia is the most popular cup noodle.

Loop PNG this week visited the Cup Noodle factory in Yokohama, Japan, and witnessed firsthand how the cup noodle is prepared and packed.

This reporter is among 10 journalists from member countries of the Asian Development Bank that visited and had the opportunity to hand pick ingredients for their cup noodle before it was sealed.

The factory sees a lot of visitors, especially school children, during their breaks.

PNG joins Yokohama journalists’ program

This program, in the form of a tour, is a lead up activity that the second largest city in Japan is hosting before the 50th ADB meet in May.

Journalists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Maldives and Papua New Guinea will be given an insight of the city’s infrastructure, technology, lifestyle as well as arts and history this week.

Papua New Guinea is being represented by Loop PNG’s Sally Pokiton.

Japan pushes forward with countrywide drone delivery services

 With a new FAA drone license in tow, Amazon has received a patent for its Prime Air drone delivery system.

The country has a long history with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and has used the devices for land surveys, farming, security, construction, and even town mascots.